Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

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Career Connections Expo

How can Professional U help you?

Experiential learning shows potential employers you have the real-world work experience and skills they are seeking, giving you an edge in a competitive job market once you graduate.

» Career Connections Expo: All majors are invited to meet with recruiters from more than 50 corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., KUB Multipurpose A&B. Recruiters are looking to hire for internships and full time post-graduation positions in careers related to allied health, business, liberal arts, and science and technology.

Husky Connection

Representatives from various graduate schools will also be at the expo. The expo is a great opportunity to gather information, explore job shadowing possibilities and make critical contacts for a future job search. Business professional attire is required. Bring enough resumes for each organization of interest to you and five to 10 extras. Please RSVP if attending!

» Alumni Network: When Sarie Tocket ‘13 made the decision to move to Austin, Texas, a lot of people rolled their eyes, some laughed, gave sincere well wishes and some people told her she was crazy. “Do you have family there? Do you have a job lined up?” They asked.

The answer to both questions was “no.” However, if Bloomsburg University and the Husky Ambassadors taught her anything it was that BU's alumni bleed Maroon and Gold long after they graduate. She contacted the Alumni Association and found there were a number of alumni living in Austin.

  • NEPA: Student-Alumni Networking Reception — Friday, Oct. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Cocktail reception Recommended for Juniors and Seniors. Cash bar (Must be 21 to be served) Business attire required. Space is limited - RSVP required!

Career Road Trip

» Professional U's Career Road Trip: Several accounting students recently attended the Professional U: Career Road Trip to the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Conference in Hershey. Conference presentations included:

  • Inside the Mind of a Fraudster: The Crazy Eddie Story Sam Antar, Convicted Felon, Former CPA, and Former CFO of Crazy Eddie, Inc.
  • Fraud in Pennsylvania: Significant Cases, Investigations, and Trends Colonel Frank Noonan, Commissioner
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Use of the Tor Network, Detective R. Matthew Dotts, Derry Township Police Department

The trip was coordinated through Crystal Skotedis ’03, director at Boyer & Ritter CPA’s and president of the Central PA Chapter of the ACFE. Skotedis and her organization sponsored two students for the conference and provided assistance for the remaining students to attend.

Dare you venture through the Haunted Husky Hollow?

Haunted Husky Hollow

Bloomsburg University ushers in the Halloween celebration with BU’s Haunted Husky Hollow on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Quest Teambuilding Woods on Upper Campus. It is free and open to the public. This year marks the fifth Haunted Husky Hollow. BU students and members of the community will go on guided walks through the Halloween-themed woods with tours departing every 10 minutes. All those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Free hot apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, hot dogs and pizza will be served both nights. Haunted Husky Hollow will benefit UNICEF’s Trick or Treat fundraiser by accepting donations during the event.

Haunted Husky Hollow is sponsored by Developing Ambitious Student Leaders (DASL), the Center for Leadership and Engagement, Residence Life and student groups including the American Marketing Association, athletics, Enactus, French Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, the Honors Program, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and Tau Beta Sigma.

Audiology opening its doors

Audiology Rotational Chair

Get an up-close look at Bloomsburg University’s Doctorate of Audiology program on Friday, Oct. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Centennial Hall 338. A meet-and-greet will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided for open house guests.

The open house is an opportunity for future doctorate students to learn about BU’s highly regarded audiology program by touring the on-campus facility, meeting faculty and staff, current students and program alumni, as well as learn details about the application process.

In addition, there will be presentations for IONM, clinical practice, balance and cochlear implant. RSVP to GayAnne Spezialetti by Friday, Oct. 17, at or by calling 570-389-5381.

Upcoming Campus Speakers

    Jeff E. Long

  • ICS Great War Centennial Series presents Jeff Long, “Japan in World War I and at Versailles: Becoming World Citizens,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218. Long will discuss the background to Japan's participation in the Great War, the war in Asia, and Japan's role in the Versailles Peace Treaty negotiation process. He also will show film clips that focus on Japan's efforts towards inclusion of a Racial Equality Clause in the League of Nations Charter. Long earned his doctorate degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where his studies focused on militarism and literature during Japan’s early Shōwa years, 1926-1937. His translation of Hayashi Fusao’s short story, “Apples,” will appear in “For Dignity, Justice and Revolution: An Anthology of Japanese Proletarian Literature.”
  • BU's Fall Faculty Lecture Series presents Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, “Scientific History,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
  • Luke Peterson

  • Luke Peterson, visiting professor of contemporary international issues at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Palestine-Israel in the 21st Century: Ending Endless War” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in MCHS 1303. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of History, his talk is open free to the public. Peterson will focus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the future of the peace process in the region. The recent events in the Gaza Strip postponed any initiatives, at least for the moment, to continue negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Peterson will present his perspectives on the possibility and potential efficacy of the implementation of the Two-State solution versus the One-State solution. He will also entertain future political, civil, and social scenarios in Israel and Palestine.
  • ICS Faculty Lecture Series presents Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history, photographer and historian of photography, “The Great War and Photography,” on Thursday Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at Centennial Hall 218
  • ICS Faculty Lecture Series presents Michael C. Hickey, professor of history, “Russia and its Jews in the Great War,” on Monday, Nov.17, 7 p.m., at Centennial Hall 218
  • BU's Fall Faculty Lecture Series presents Barbara Wilson, Associate Professor of Exceptionalities, “Pre-K Reading is More Than Pictures,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
  • BU's Fall Faculty Lecture Series presents Victoria Geyfman, associate professor of Finance, “The Benefits of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis,” (invite only), at The Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis in Sutliff Hall

Campus Announcements

New Department Name — The Department of Developmental Instruction faculty voted unanimously to change their name to the Department of Academic Enrichment and to welcome into the department: the Academic Advisement Center, the TRiO Student Support Services Program, and the TRiO Upward Bound Program. This visionary step positions the department to offer comprehensive services of support for students’ success.

Icona Pop Ticket Refunds — in the Student Activities Office, 350 KUB, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. You must have a ticket in order to get a refund. Please stop in for your refund by Friday, Nov. 7. Those who paid by credit card will receive a credit back to their card and must have their receipt or copy of their statement with the charge on it. For more information, call 570-389-4346.

Campus Announcements

Guardians of the Galaxy — showing at 7 and 9:30 p.m on Wednesday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 and at noon, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 in the KUB Hideaway. Free admission with a BU ID and paid fall '14 Community Activity fee, all others $1.

Audiology Open House — Friday, Oct. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Learn more about the Audiology doctoral program, lunch is provided. RSVP to 570-389-5381.

Parents’ and Family Weekend Bingo — Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the KUB Multipurpose A and B. 25 ¢ per card for BU students and family members, get up to 6! $350 in cash prizes and free refreshments.

The Amazing Kreskin — Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. Free for BU students and family members, $3 for others.

Casino Night and Karaoke Bar — Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Kehr Ballroom. Students and family members receive $2500 in play money. Enter you winnings in the drawings for prizes!

Your Career Starts Here — Tuesday, Oct. 28 Warren Student Services Center from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Job Gateway Stations from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. At 3 p. m. Secretary Julia Hearthway of the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry will present “What Employers Want” in the Kehr Union Multicultural Center.

Campus Child Center — is currently enrolling children for the Spring 2015 semester. For more information please contact Judy Coleman Brinich, director, at

Halloween in Salem/Boston — on this overnight bus trip from Friday, Oct. 31, to Saturday, Nov. 1. Salem, “The Witch City,” will have plenty of Halloween events. Cost, as low as $110, includes two-way coach bus transportation, one night of lodging near Boston and an optional trip into Salem. You’re responsible for securing your own roommates.

Winter College Scheduling — begins Monday, Nov. 3. Winter College will run Dec. 15 to Jan. 16 this year. Students can schedule up to 7 credits from among 19 online and 20 face-to-face courses. For a complete list of courses click on Search outside of ISIS (Quick and Easy) under Course Scheduling. Contact Karen Murtin at 570-389-4824 or at for more information.

New York City Bus Trip — Saturday, Nov. 8, departs the Hospital Lot at 7 a.m. and departs NYC at 8 p.m. Sign up in the Student Activities Office, KUB 350.

BU welcomes first director of STEM Education Center

Kimberly Lazar Bolig

As director, Kimberly Lazar Bolig is responsible for the implementation, design, organization and coordination of all activities for the STEM Education Center, including program development for regional high school students and working with faculty and businesses on STEM initiatives and promotion. She collaborates with teachers, counselors and administrators to ensure the continued success of the STEM program and its initiatives, serves as an adviser to the 23 high school juniors and 15 high school seniors currently enrolled in the STEM Magnet Program and promotes STEM initiatives at career and high school events.

Bolig has worked in academic affairs and student affairs in higher education for the past 30 years and has experience working with grant-funded programs. For nearly 16 years, Bolig served in a number of capacities related to student success at Pennsylvania College of Technology, including both assistant director and director of Academic Support Services and the Academic Success Center. A resident of Winfield, Bolig earned a bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College, Williamsport; master’s degree from Bucknell University, Lewisburg; and doctoral degree from Capella University, Minneapolis.

BU’s STEM program works with local school districts to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Camp HERO family pays special visit to SLED meeting

SLED Meeting

SLED (Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf) promotes professional development by having guest speakers come to challenge our students. This month’s special speakers were the Walter family. Three of their five children attended Camp HERO (Here Everyone Really is One) in July 2014. Annabelle and Ally were returning campers, whereas Austin was able to go for the first time.

The children, as well as their parents, shared their perspective on the the camp. Mr. and Mrs. Walter also shared with BU students insights into raising their children all with varying degrees of hearing and various language needs.

SLED also exists to raise funds to provide camperships to deaf or hard-of-hearing children who might not otherwise be able to attend Camp HERO, which takes place at Camp Victory in Millville during the last week in July each year. The campership monies are distributed by the Camp HERO Board of Directors on an as needed basis to families applying for camperships and submitting the required documentation.

During the meeting, SLED presented a $1,100 check to Jodie Ackerman, camp director, which was a highlight to have campers there while we made the presentation. SLED meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in Navy Hall 207. Meetings are open to students of all majors.

Who's Who Among ... You?

Who's Who Among Students

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014-15 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Students who have completed 80 credits and have a minimum of 2.75 QPA are eligible. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership, and service qualities. Nomination forms, an information flyer as well as the list of eligible students can be found below.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 7. Feel free to contact Donald W. Young, dean of students, with any questions or concerns at 570-389-4734.

Nominations for Ali-Zaidi Award


BU deans, department chairs and faculty are invited to nominate an outstanding senior for the annual Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation. Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of the State System’s Board of Governors, established the award to inspire and honor System students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge. The 2015 award recipient will receive a medallion and $1,000; two semi-finalists will receive $500. Bloomsburg University has had two finalists for the award in the past several years.

You may nominate a senior no later than Friday, Nov. 7. The nomination packet must contain:

  • An essay written by the nominee, addressing how the university prepared him or her for the next career step and what that next step will be. The essay should not exceed two double-spaced pages, using 12 point type.
  • The nominee’s latest transcript (a copy is acceptable)
  • The nominee’s vita or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university faculty
  • The letters should provide specific details that offer insight into the nominee’s outstanding qualities including, but not limited to, information on the student’s research and co-curricular activities outside of the classroom

Nominations will be evaluated on: the quality of the nominee’s essay, outstanding performance in the academic major and other areas of study, current GPA, awards, publications, etc., recognition of scholarship by members of the university faculty, participation in extra/co-curricular activities during undergraduate years and involvement in student or community organizations and leadership positions held.

President David Soltz will select one nominated senior as the university’s representative and write a nomination letter to the State System selection committee. The award recipient and semi-finalists will be honored at their universities’ commencement ceremonies. To nominate an outstanding senior, contact Jessica Beaver, Office of Planning and Assessment, 2203 McCormick Human Services Center,, no later than Friday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m.